Online Worship Opportunities

In this unprecedented time of crisis and social distancing, we remain the Church together, united in the risen Christ. Presbytery churches invite you to join in worship, using your computer, telephone, or radio. Many remote services are archived for viewing after the broadcast time below, if you wish to watch at a different time or

Communion and Coronavirus

Note: On March 13, 2020, POJ updated its guidance for congregations and ministry locations to urge no in-person events until April 1. Review the updated recommendation for complete details. A message from your interim general presbyter: During this season of Lent and Easter, Christians will gather around the world for worship. In those settings and

Honor Lent by Giving to One Great Hour of Sharing

Gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS), typically received during the season of Lent, share God’s love with our neighbors in need around the world. OGHS supports efforts to relieve hunger through the Presbyterian Hunger Program, assist in areas of disaster through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and promote development and opportunity for poor, oppressed, and

Highlights of the 104th Stated Meeting

The 104th Stated Meeting of Presbytery of the James (POJ) took place on February 15, 2020 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville. The members and staff of Westminster extended warm and generous hospitality. We enjoyed a delicious lunch of Brunswick stew for which a free-will offering benefitting The Haven day shelter in Charlottesville was encouraged.

Session Minutes Due to Readers by March 1

Presbyterian polity requires clerks to maintain minutes of stated and called session meetings as well as congregational meetings. These records shall be submitted annually to the church’s presbytery for review. Review and feedback helps clerks and church leaders to better carry out their functions. Clerks have been notified of their assigned reader and the reader’s

Westminster Charlottesville to Host Presbytery on February 15

The 104th stated meeting of Presbytery of the James will occur on Saturday, February 15, at Westminster Church in Charlottesville. Lunch will be provided on a free-will offering basis with a suggested contribution of $10. Net proceeds of offering will be given to The Haven day shelter in Charlottesville to support their hunger program. The planned menu is Brunswick stew, cornbread, and chocolate

Madison’s Senior Breakfast Draws in Community

Older adults in rural Madison County, a community one hour north of Charlottesville, enjoy meals, fellowship, and enriching programs through a ministry by Madison Presbyterian. Breakfast Buzz, which regularly attracts about 20 people, is held at 9 a.m. on the third Friday of each month. When it began in 2015, the Christian Education team deliberately

Updated Policy Requires Training on Boundaries

Active and retired ministers, certified Christian educators, and commissioned ruling elders must follow two policies about sexual misconduct enacted at the October 2019 presbytery meeting.  First, they must read the sexual misconduct/harassment policy, adopted on October 19, 2019, and return a form acknowledging they have read it. Find the policy and form (the last page

Make Your Covenant with POJ by January 31

Congregational financial support is vital to the shared ministries of the presbytery, the synod, and the General Assembly. Complete your 2020 Covenant (formerly the statement of intent) with Presbytery of the James to designate your commitment to office expenses, committees, ministries, Camp Hanover, per capita, mission co-workers, validated missions, and special projects. Please send your

Bott Memorial Supports Education Equity with Synod Grant

Bott Memorial Presbyterian received a $4,000 grant from the peacemaking fund of Synod of the Mid-Atlantic this year to provide school supplies to children in Dinwiddie County. The funds supported a project by the county’s faith community, local government, and schools to make education more equitable by providing incoming kindergarteners with crayons, pencils, scissors, and